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New Tech Super PACs Could Tap Into Google Riches 52

Posted by samzenpus
from the pot-of-gold dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A for-profit university bankrolled by prominent tech firms and co-founded by futurist Ray Kurzweil is behind four separate super PACs formed this week, according to interviews and documents filed with the Federal Election Commission. Randi Willis, an official at Singularity University, confirmed to the Center for Public Integrity that leaders at her institution will later this year begin determining how to best use these new political committees, which could tap into the wealth of tech industry titans."
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New Tech Super PACs Could Tap Into Google Riches

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  • My guess (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Kohath (38547) on Thursday May 15, 2014 @06:46PM (#47013999)

    They'll decide that they know how we should all live our lives. Then they'll lobby government to force us to live that way. Futurists and tech "geniuses" are neither wise nor humble.

  • by mspohr (589790) on Thursday May 15, 2014 @07:57PM (#47014335)

    Great... another group of rich assholes deciding what we should think and do and say and running our government.

    Would be much better if we had an actual democracy where the government did what the majority of people wanted rather than just what the rich bastards wanted.

    • At least it's rich nerdy assholes instead of the usual oil barons. That's progress... sort of.
  • by Hartree (191324) on Thursday May 15, 2014 @08:22PM (#47014495)

    Kurzweil's big into life extension. It's a fair bet that one or more of the PACS will lobby for more research into the mechanisms of aging and improved health care techniques for it.

    Another would be prosthetics and human augmentation (I want my brain interface VR, dammit! Screw the flying car.).

    He might actually do some good in those areas.

    If it's just the usual corporate type lobbying I can't really see that as much of a plus.

    • Do we get a turret and a gun in our new canister-shaped wheelchairs?
    • He might actually do some good in those areas.

      A benevolent plutocracy? Lenin had a similar idea. Since you can't trust the people to do what's best for themselves through this democracy nonsense, you need a small and powerful "elite" to do it for them.

  • by claar (126368) on Thursday May 15, 2014 @09:12PM (#47014703)

    For those clueless like me, PAC stands for Politicial Action Committee

    I can forgive the headline and summary for not defining the acronym, but when the article itself also doesn't say, it's getting ridiculous.

    • For those clueless like me, PAC stands for Politicial Action Committee

      PAC's have been a major factor in American politics for around forty years now. One of two possible cause for being clueless is to be fourteen.

      I can forgive the headline and summary for not defining the acronym, but when the article itself also doesn't say, it's getting ridiculous.

      Horseshit. Very few articles explain that NASA or DNA are acronyms - it's assumed that the average educated individual knows their meaning. The secon

    • by Anonymous Coward

      For those clueless like me, PAC stands for Politicial Action Committee

      I can forgive the headline and summary for not defining the acronym, but when the article itself also doesn't say, it's getting ridiculous.

      "Super PAC" is actually in the dictionary now: https://www.publicintegrity.org/2014/03/18/14427/merriam-webster-makes-super-pac-official

  • How do you think the president became the president? By lobbying and spending millions of dollars. He affects how you live and is still influenced by outside corporations. That's constitutionally fair, right? So another group are operating in the same way. It's part of American life. If th And to those who are going to reply with "but he was elected", well not by me or millions of other people he wasn't. But he still affects us all.
  • by ebno-10db (1459097) on Friday May 16, 2014 @07:06AM (#47016341)

    The Supreme Court thinks that money = speech. It's amazing that amongst nine judges and their research staff nobody could find a dictionary or a thesaurus. I'll send them nine sets and see if it does any good.

  • "THANK YOU!" said every single politician in the US. "It's about time. What the hell do you think these antitrust lawsuits hassling you were for?"

    Alsmost every country you go into politics so you can get in the way so you can get paid to get back out of the way. It's just that in the US the "useful idiot" touting the surface meme of regulatory utility exists as a strange blindered creature.

  • The best way to use these committees would be to have them shut down the stupid situation that allows them to exist in the first place.

    Like Lessig is doing with Mayday PAC [mayone.us].

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